Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Fredericksburg with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful, especially the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Lucky for me it’s an easy trail- I’m really out of shape!

Follow the Canal Path signs uphill. Don’t quit, you’re almost to a dead end at Gordon W Shelton Boulevard. Frustrating.

Perfect little hike to get kids started. Make sure to bring bug repellent. Pawpaw trees were starting to fruit will have to come back to pick them when they are ready.

Short hike on one of the deadliest sites at the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg. On the easy side of moderate due to short length and gradual inclines. Interpretive signs help you imagine the battle on these grounds.

I’m a newbie & gearing up for Old Rag Mountain for my birthday in October. This is nice & easy & close to my work. Beautiful day to be out at lunch. Will definitely do this one again, but looking forward to some of the others around the ‘Burg.

It's part of the Sunken Road Trail.

It's more of a walk than a hike for sure. Lot's of history on and around the trail. There is actually a section of the original wall that the Confederates were behind when they were firing downhill. The trail allows you to access the cemetery that has many union headstones in it. Stop by the visitor's center located at the start of the trail. They have a short film to watch about the battle that took place there with information that you won't find in biased history books even though it is hard to deny the Confederate victory. There is a museum right beside the visitor center. The park rangers are also helpful and there is no entrance fee to either site.

3 months ago

This is a four for history and learning and a two for exercise, so a three overall. This is a nice walk that is easy to do.

5 months ago

Great trail!! Very informative and historical. If you’re into the Civil War this is a must. Took my kids along, very flat and easy for family activities. Trail was well marked clean and maintained.

20 degrees and snow on the ground. Love this hike and want to do it in the summer.

fun seasonal trail. be sure to grab some pawpaw fruit while you're in the bush.

Very short trail. Paved and fully shaded, with a few benches along the way. It is uphill all the way. At the top is a few cannons (cannon?) and a display about Lee and his position. The view would be spectacular (and more demonstrative of why Lee used it) if they (whoever "they" are) would cut down all of the trees that have grown there (see my photos).

nice and clean trail. A lot of fellow runners on the trail. Trail is all paved which through me off a bit, but very nice loop with nice views.

Walked it with my 6 year old and my three year old in about 2.5 hours (including a stop at Hardee's for some OJ and plenty of pictures). It was just a bit too long for them in the heat today, but on a cooler day, I think they would have been fine. We'll definitely do it again soon.

Beautiful scenery!


The trail is nice, scenic, and isn't plainly flat. The major issue for me after running the trail twice is that my garmin GPS training watch doesn't get very good signal in the trees. An 8-minute mile pace can easily turn into an 11-min mile pace because of the heavy vegetation.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This is a nice trail, especially if you have kids with you. It's relatively short and pretty easy. If you decide to do the Ni River Trail that's attached to Salamander loop, it's also nice and kid friendly. Just a heads up though...it's tagged as wheelchair friendly...and this trail/loop is definitely not wheelchair friendly once you enter the trail.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

quick trail. wish it was longer. some of the trail was not cleared

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

I love this trail

Very nice. Walk, run, bike ride, skateboard. Stroller friendly.
Bathrooms can be found as you pass Old Mill Park, CVS and Hardees. Just an FYI on that one.

lovely on this windy day.

on Chancellorsville

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Easy and simple. Not much to see but the history is interesting. Close to the 'Burg.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nicer scenery when you get close to the Rappahannock.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Nice relaxing walk !

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Trail isn't in Pratt Park. As stated before it is actually 2 trails that make a 3.4 mile loop. Can be busy depending on the time of day you use it. Watch the bicyclists as they make wide turns when crossing bridges and entering the trail and they give no warning they are behind and passing you.

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